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John Bresnahan, from left, Randy Wright, Matt Matthews and Wayne Franklin at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
John Bresnahan, from left, Randy Wright, Matt Matthews and Wayne Franklin at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Amanda and John Seaberg, from left, Annie Ashcroft and Alli Casey at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Amanda and John Seaberg, from left, Annie Ashcroft and Alli Casey at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Jamie and Dee Dee Gilder at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Jamie and Dee Dee Gilder at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Cece McCann and Brian Parsley at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Cece McCann and Brian Parsley at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Nancy Kate Prescott, from left, Megan Morris, Amanda McGee, Donna LaMond and Kara Sanders at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Nancy Kate Prescott, from left, Megan Morris, Amanda McGee, Donna LaMond and Kara Sanders at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
J.C. and August Al-Uqdah at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
J.C. and August Al-Uqdah at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Christine Yates, from left, Ting and John Bresnahan and Kim Etheridge at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Christine Yates, from left, Ting and John Bresnahan and Kim Etheridge at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
David and Allison Hamilton at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
David and Allison Hamilton at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Susie Boyce, left, and Kristine Martinez at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Wine pull chairs Susie Boyce, left, and Kristine Martinez at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Steven and Robin Murray at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Steven and Robin Murray at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Maria Elena Herbst, from left, Nancy Kate Prescott and Ting Bresnahan at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Maria Elena Herbst, from left, Nancy Kate Prescott and Ting Bresnahan at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Matt and Catherine Matthews at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Matt and Catherine Matthews at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
The scene at the Royal Sonesta at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
The scene at the Royal Sonesta during the West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
Drew and Megan Morris, from left, Dax and Kara Sanders and Mark and Nancy Kate Prescott at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Drew and Megan Morris, from left, Dax and Kara Sanders and Mark and Nancy Kate Prescott at West University Park Lovers Ball. Photo by Pete Baatz
John Bresnahan, from left, Randy Wright, Matt Matthews and Wayne Franklin at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Amanda and John Seaberg, from left, Annie Ashcroft and Alli Casey at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Jamie and Dee Dee Gilder at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Cece McCann and Brian Parsley at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Nancy Kate Prescott, from left, Megan Morris, Amanda McGee, Donna LaMond and Kara Sanders at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
J.C. and August Al-Uqdah at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Christine Yates, from left, Ting and John Bresnahan and Kim Etheridge at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
David and Allison Hamilton at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Susie Boyce, left, and Kristine Martinez at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Steven and Robin Murray at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Maria Elena Herbst, from left, Nancy Kate Prescott and Ting Bresnahan at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Matt and Catherine Matthews at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
The scene at the Royal Sonesta at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014
Drew and Megan Morris, from left, Dax and Kara Sanders and Mark and Nancy Kate Prescott at West University Park Lovers Ball February 2014

What: Friends of the West University Place Parks Fund 23rd annual Park Lovers Ball.

Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The 411: It was the non-profit's largest gala to date with more than 600 guests turning out to raise $450,000, the highest total to date as well. Taking bows for the green-themed evening were chairs Megan and Drew Morris, Kara and Dax Sanders and Nancy Kate and Mark Prescott. Packing in the greenbacks thanks to auction chair Ting Bresnahan were the 150 silent auction packages, the 11 Big Board items and the wine pull that was chaired by Susie Boyce and Kristine Martinez.

Who: West University Place Mayor Bob Fry, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Gwen, Courtney and Bill Toomey, John Bresnahan, Sarah and Ben Cotting, Friends executive director Donna LaMond and Marc LaMond, Park Lovers chair Kara Sanders and Robin and Steven Murray.

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